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(p. 124) Necrophilia 

(p. 124) Necrophilia
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(p. 124) Necrophilia
Author(s):

Sara G. West

and Phillip J. Resnick

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0009
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date: 22 November 2019

Necrophilia consists of erotic fantasies about and/or sexual contact with the dead. The practice of necrophilia has been documented since ancient times, and there appears to have always been both a recognition and a fear of it. The chapter opens by discussing well-known cases of necrophilia and several etiological theories. The numerous classification systems for necrophilia are summarized, and the authors also present some potential commonalities. .Unfortunately, research into the world of necrophiles is hampered by the secrecy of their desires and difficulties in detecting their activities. Given its clandestine nature, the chapter suggests that clinicians more frequently screen for the presence of necrophilia when evaluating individuals who present with other deviant sexual behaviors.

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